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Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Officer

Vacancy #:   6074
Unit:   Asia - Regional Communications Unit
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Asia Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand
Reporting to:   Manager, Regional Membership and RDO Liaison
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 November 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term
Closing date:   28 August 2022
The Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Officer serves as regional lead in developing and implementing corporate communications strategies to support IUCN Asia’s engagement with its key stakeholders.

This position is open for Expats and Thai nationals.
i. Regional communications strategy development and management

• Lead the development of a regional communications strategy to support the IUCN Asia programme, under the guidance of the Global Communications Unit (GCU) and the IUCN corporate communications strategy, for effectively engaging with stakeholders, including the Union secretariat and key constituencies, programme partners, policy and funding decision-makers, and knowledge-product users;
• Manage strategy implementation through results-based communications roadmap, operational work plans and coordination mechanisms among various teams/units of IUCN Asia;
• Serve as communications focal point for IUCN Asia’s overall knowledge management effort for evidence systematisation, knowledge synthesis, institutional learning and external stakeholders’ outreach; and,
• Assist RDO in the rollout of IUCN corporate communications policies and guidelines, including monitoring for compliance and planning and executing strategic communications for targeted audiences in the region.

ii. Coordination of regional services for corporate communications

• Provide IUCN quality assurance --including editing, proofreading and fact-checking -- for communications-related products, events and initiatives are undertaken by the regional team;
• Coordinate the regional working group of communications practitioners, facilitate staff capacity building and support in project/office/unit-specific communications efforts;
• Support IUCN Secretariat’s global and inter-regional communications team in institution-wide initiatives for corporate products, and provide key content and other inputs from the region; and,
• Conduct proactive and responsive media relations in the region, coordinating with GCU, according to IUCN media policy.

iii. Development and delivery of communications products

• Coordinate and oversee the use of IUCN institutional platforms, including online and social media, together with communications staff in regional/country offices and programme/project teams;
• Work with senior IUCN experts and spokespeople, under GCU’s guidance, to help them effectively deliver IUCN messages through mass media and other external platforms, and that these messages are consistent with IUCN’s mission;
• Supervise consultants and external service providers in their delivery of outputs for the entire communications planning and production cycle; and,
• Serve as IUCN Asia focal point for collaborative communications activities and projects with external partners; and,

iv. Institutional learning and internal communications

• Organise and manage internal knowledge-sharing events and platforms to foster institutional learning for the regional team;
• Collaborate with key units in the regional and country offices to facilitate in-house information dissemination, discussion and dialogue; and,
• Carry out any other relevant tasks as required by, and mutually agreed, with line manager/s.
  • i. Academic and Work Background

• Bachelor’s degree in disciplines related to communications, public relations and marketing, information management or technical sciences linked to IUCN programme areas, and with additional relevant professional training; Master’s-level academic qualifications preferable;
• Minimum 6 years of relevant professional work experience, including at regional and international levels including in Asia;
• Performed similar communications role/s for science-oriented development organizations with knowledge sharing, capacity building, multi-stakeholder convening, and/or policy-influencing missions; and,
• General technical and scientific knowledge relevant to IUCN programmatic and thematic contents in nature and biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of natural resources, and global development challenges.

ii. Professional Competencies

• Portfolio of prior work outputs demonstrating a capacity to synthesize and transform knowledge into compelling messages and materials to support institutional communication agendas;
• Track record of planning and conducting successful communications support to partnership building, resource mobilization, marketing of knowledge products and influencing policy/decision-making;
• Motivation and interest to guide, mentor and support staff for enhancing professional communications skills through in-house capacity building and learning initiatives;
• Practical skills in using technologies and tools for media production and communications, including web-based portals, remote/virtual platforms and computer systems.

iii. Other Key Qualifications

• Network of media and communications professional contacts, institutional linkages and service providers within the region and internationally;
• Advanced level of oral and written English communication skills; proficiency in an Asian language(s) is a plus;
• Ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines while working in a dynamic, multi-cultural team environment;
• Commitment to fostering a culture of high performance and accountability demonstrated in the ability to manage by results, effectively delegate and motivate staff, and give feedback and take decisive action;
• Effective role model for professional ethical conduct to promote core values of integrity and trust, transparency, professionalism and accountability, equality, inclusiveness and respect for diversity;
• Willingness to undertake occasional travel, domestically and internationally, as required.

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